Klay Thompson headed to the Mavericks

The longtime Warriors legend is leaving the Bay Area for the first time in his career.

Klay Thompson, a four-time NBA champion and six-time NBA All-Star, will reportedly join the Dallas Mavericks, marking a change of franchises after 13 years with the Golden State Warriors.

The move is reportedly expected to be part of a multiteam deal executed as a sign-and-trade of a three-year, $50 million contract involving the Mavericks, Warriors and Charlotte Hornets.


The big picture: Thompson is sixth on the NBA’s all-time 3-pointers made list, with 2,481, behind Reggie Miller, Damian Lillard, James Harden, Ray Allen, and his now-former teammate, Stephen Curry.

  • Thompson’s bench role during the 2020-21 season, along with his 38.7% 3-point shooting percentage and 17.9 points average, raised indications that the Warriors and Thompson may be heading for a split.
  • Thompson’s last appearance with the Warriors ended in a 0-for-10 shooting performance during a play-in tournament loss to the Sacramento Kings, with him aware that it could be his final game with the team.

Driving the news: Thompson is joining the Mavericks to assist Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving following the Mavericks’ sixth appearance in the NBA Finals.

  • The deal involves the Hornets acquiring guard Josh Green and giving up two second-round draft picks. Green spent all four of his NBA seasons with the Mavericks and averaged 8.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.3 assists last season.
  • The league’s moratorium on signings is lifted on July 6.
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